Save the Date!

Save the date for RootsTech 2018: February 28-March 3, 2018. Note that the conference is much later than previous years!

RootsTech 2018

We are once again Ambassadors for the awesome genealogy/technology conference RootsTech 2018, so be sure to  for all the latest updates. You can easily find RootsTech updates on our menu bar, under Conferences > RootsTech Survival Guide.

The Conference has several big changes for 2018.

  1. The conference begins a full day earlier the previous years, with classes being offered beginning on Wednesday, February 28.
  2. The previous new-technology showcase Innovator Summit and Innovator Showdown are now going to be the all-new Innovation Showcase and fill be featured following Steve Rockwood’s general session address.  Genealogy companies of all sizes will have the opportunity to present their ideas for the chance to win the title  ‘Best Family History Innovations in 2018.’
  3. Expanded hours for the Expo Hall – including a Wednesday night preview opening from 6-8pm.
  4. Conference check-in will be available beginning Tuesday, February 27.

You can read more about these exciting changes on the RootsTech blog. And Follow ConferenceKeeper for all RootsTech 2018 updates!


Disclaimer: We are once again Ambassadors for the RootsTech Conference, which means that in exchange for access to the conference we will share updates and information to our followers. Honestly, they didn’t have to twist our arm — we’ve been fans of the conference from day 1 (actually even before that!)


RootsTech Survival Guide: Events & Keynotes – Dates & Times!

I made up this quick cheat sheet for the Keynotes, Events, and Registration & Expo Hall hours. I’ll admit this is for my own benefit as much as for anyone else. While the class schedule is always something that I pour over and over, I am forever looking for the specifics on which day which keynote speaker is speaking, when the vendor hall opens/closes and which day special events are.

Wednesday, February 8

Liz Wiseman

Registration:  7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Expo Hall is not open yet

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.   Keynote: Liz Wiseman
Steve Rockwood
, CEO of FamilySearch International

12:30 p.m. Innovator Showdown Semi-Finalists presentations

6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Welcome Party
Marriott Grand Ballroom. “We Don’t Need Roads”.  80’s themed party. Innovator Showdown announcement! (Check your pass to see if it’s included or if separate registration is needed)

Thursday, February 9

The Scott Brothers

Registration:  7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Expo Hall hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 p.m.

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.   Keynote: The Scott Brothers (HGTV’s Property Brothers)

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. RootsTech Opening Event
Conference Center at Temple Square“Music, It Runs in the Family”. Mormon Tabernacle Choir w/ guest soloist Dallyn Vail Bayles. Priority seating for registered attendees, with tickets available to general public online at (Check your pass to see if it’s included or if separate registration is needed)

Friday, February 10

LeVar Burton

Registration:         7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Expo Hall hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

African Heritage Day

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.     Keynote: LeVar Burton
Music by Calvary Baptist Church Choir of Salt Lake City

10:30-11:30 a.m., Innovator Showdown
Salt Palace Hall D

5:30–7:00 p.m., Cultural Celebration
RootsTech Expo Hall. “Celebrate Your Heritage”. Special cultural performance will include Latin music and dancing, African drummers, Irish dancing, and free giveaways by sponsors and exhibitors.

Saturday, February 11

Registration: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Expo Hall hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 p.m.

Family Discovery Day

(requires free pass for special Family Discovery Day presentations, classes)

Look for the Cake Decorating Contest entries!

Buddy Valastro

CeCe Moore

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.   Keynote:  Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss &  CeCe Moore, genetic genealogist

5:30 p.m., Closing Event
Salt Palace Hall D. “Celebrating Life with Music – and Cake”. Comedy, music, and cake.
Winners of the Cake Decorating contest to be announced.


See all of our 2017 RootsTech Survival Guide posts here.